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MPs want Obama to grant Kenya direct flights to US

07 July 2015, 10:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to talk to his US counterpart, Barack Obama to introduce direct flights from Kenya to America.

The National Assembly Transport committee chair, Maina Kamanda (Starehe) said direct flights to US will promote tourism for the country to realize an outstanding economic growth.

“The issue of having direct flights to US is simply political goodwill. Ethiopia already has direct flights to America and I believe we have done a lot of improvement in our airport for us to also have direct flights to US,” said Kamanda.

He pointed out that there are many Kenyans residing in America and that direct flights to Kenya will allow faster travel for them, tourists as well as business people.

“If there is anything good President Obama can offer Kenya during his visit is allowing direct flights to US so that passengers do not stop-over in other countries such as Amsterdam in order to board American airlines,” said Kamanda.

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Regarding investigations into five controversial Apron buses that charged KES 10 million for passenger services at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kamanda said that his committee will invite mechanical engineers to ascertain their engine capacity.

He said investigation into the buses engine capacity will help the committee compare with the Kenya Airways buses bought at KES 22 million each. The Apron buses cost KES 42 million.

“We have compared the comfort services between the Kenya Airways buses and Apron buses and realized that it is almost the same. Mechanical engineers will help ascertain engine capacities for each to compare their varied prices and know whether public money was properly used in the purchase of Apron buses,” said Kamanda when his committee toured the airport to inspect the buses.

He said the engineers' findings and the committee's price analysis for the buses will enable them to come up with a comprehensive report to be tabled in Parliament.

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